Meant to post this yesterday for Earth Day but kinda missed…. but this doesn’t need to just be an “Earth Day” idea. Hopefully we can all learn to see with new eyes. To “rethink” – how can we use this? do I need to throw it away to just fill up a landfill, or can I do something totally new with it? And NOT BUY ANYTHING. (Of course I’m all in favor of buying stuff – I’m a retailer – but even I know that we have to learn to buy selectively, to buy only if we need it or we want to give something wonderful to someone we love… you know, the *good* reasons).
Anyway I ran across this picture (sorry didn’t save the link, I was having a leaky brain day) – and am proposing it as a General Idea rather than just a specific. Take a look at this terrific colorful basket:
These are made from rolled-up newspapers, and I don’t have directions so would be experimenting myself. Roll the newspaper tightly to make tubes – lots of them. Start to coil your basket, securing the coils with cotton string? Clear fishing line, IF you already have some and would not be buying new…. Or, maybe colorful cotton strips torn from an old sheet (okay, cut from an old sheet – sheets are tough and strong!) Or yarn you have anyway? Anything that could be used to “sew” the coils together.
The basket would be lightweight and strong (paper is very very strong in compressed layers). I bet there are lots of adaptations we can think of, using this general idea. Let’s think of more